‘Man­dals fol­lowed rules or can­celled events’

Dahi handi events were or­gan­ised across the city and or­gan­is­ers stuck to Supreme Court rules, say­ing re­stric­tions are nec­es­sary

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While the Supreme Court or­der on the re­stric­tions of the height of the hu­man pyra­mid and the age of the par­tic­i­pants (govindas) was not well re­ceived ear­lier, Navi Mum­bai res­i­dents cel­e­brated dahi handi abid­ing by the guide­lines.

Nitin Pawar, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch), said there has been no re­port of any man­dal vi­o­lat­ing norms. “Our of­fi­cers are pa­trolling all the pan­dals in uni­form as well as in civil clothes. But we have not come across any man­dal that has vi­o­lated norms. Those that could not ac­cept the re­stric­tions, prob­a­bly can­celled the celebrations,” Pawar said.

Su­nil Sawardekar, pres­i­dent of Kharghar Rahivashi Sangh Sar­va­janik Ut­sav Man­dal, who or­gan­ised the fes­ti­val at sec­tor 15, said, “Dahi handi is cel­e­brated only once a year. But if any­one suf­fers in­juries dur­ing it, he may have to suf­fer all through his life. There­fore, it is nec­es­sary to have some rules and we have wel­comed the re­stric­tions.”

The fes­ti­val was also cel­e­brated with sim­i­lar en­thu­si­asm in the newly de­vel­oped ar­eas like Ulwe and Road­pali. How­ever, the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants there was min­i­mal. “To en­sure that no mi­nor govinda par­tic­i­pates, we took lists of the en­trants’ names and age from every group on their let­ter head. We also strictly fol­lowed the set dead­lines and video recorded the celebrations,” Sawardekar said.

Po­lit­i­cal party lead­ers too held their celebrations at Kopar Khairane, Vashi, Airoli, Pan­vel among oth­ers. “Nearly 100 teams par­tic­i­pated at our man­dal at New Pan­vel. We gave Rs5,000 to each of them. This was for the 13th year we or­gan­ised the fes­ti­val. We fol­lowed all the rules and reg­u­la­tions,” said Vishal Mane, an or­gan­iser of Ram­seth Thakur Vichar Manch.

“A fes­ti­val can never be big­ger than any­one’s life. There­fore, we are sup­port­ive of the new re­stric­tions. We or­gan­ised Dahi Handi near in Kharghar and ar­ranged for med­i­cal in­sur­ances for the par­tic­i­pants,” said Ki­ran Patil, gen­eral sec­re­tary of BJP (Kharghar unit). Par­tic­i­pants at­tempt to break a handi at Juina­gar on Jan­mas­thami on Thurs­day. (Right) A young boy breaks the dahi handi at the Juina­gar event. Govindas form a pyra­mid dur­ing dahi handi celebrations at Ban Vaib­hav Kala Krida Nike­tan in Kopar Khairane.

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